Vilma probably a better fit than D.J.

Miami linebackers D.J. Williams and Jonathan Vilma both visited the Jets last week. Based on the opinion of one person close to the Hurricanes program, Vilma would be a better fit for the Jets for more reasons than one.

Gary Ferman has been around the Miami program for 25 years, and few people know more about the Hurricanes football program than him.

We asked him on Monday for the lowdown on Vilma and Williams, two players the Jets are considering in the first round.

"Vilma is the ultimate play-maker," said Ferman, who publishes Canes' Report Magazine. "He has great instincts. He is always around the football. He is real smart and rarely makes mistakes. He's a high-character guy."

As for Williams, Ferman is clearly not a big fan. When Williams arrived at Miami as a one of the top recruits in the country, he asked to be moved from fullback to linebacker. Ferman thinks this decision wasn't a great one.

"I think D.J. made a mistake switching from fullback," said Ferman. "He was the prototype NFL fullback. He is still trying to develop linebacker instincts. I think he's still a work in progress as a linebacker and might struggle to make an immediate impact in the NFL on defense."

Some think Williams is a better workout guy than player at this point, and Ferman seems to share this opinion.

"He has a NFL body in high school," said Ferman. "He will awe anybody with his athletic ability."

Aside from needing work on his instincts, Ferman thinks Williams also needs work on his attitude.

"I've been around the Canes' since 1979, and I have can't remember a player more difficult to deal with off the field," said Ferman. "He was aloof and moody. From the day he stepped on campus, he didn't want to talk to the media."

Ferman thinks the pressure Williams felt, as perhaps the mostly highly sought after high school recruit in the country, got to him.

"He was the victim of labels put on him coming out of high school," said Ferman. "He was proclaimed the number one player in the country and John Madden said back then he was ready to play running back in the NFL."

But while most reporters who cover the Hurricanes aren't big fans of Williams, it's only fair to point out his teammates and coaches didn't seem to have a problem with him.

Considering the shaky relationship some Jets linebackers had with the media in recent years, bringing in Williams, is the last thing the Jets public relations department needs.

But the bottom line with coaches and scouts is how he plays football, not his level of cooperation with the media. And if there is a choice between Vilma and Williams, at this point, Vilma, because of his instincts, seems to be the more pragmatic selection.

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